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Neo-fascist, Le Pen qualifies for second round of French presidential election

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right Front National (FN) party delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Paris, France on 17 April 2017 [Mustafa Yalçın/Anadolu Agency]
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right Front National (FN) party delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Paris, France on 17 April 2017 [Mustafa Yalçın/Anadolu Agency]

French centrist Emmanuel Macron has come out on top in the first round of France's presidential election with far right leader Marine Le Pen in second place, which means both have qualified for the May 7 runoff vote, pollsters projections from partial results showed on Sunday.

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Macron won 23.7 percent of the vote and Le Pen 21.7 percent, an Ipsos/Sopra Steria estimate showed. Macron got 23 percent of the vote and Le Pen got 22 percent in an estimate from Harris Interactive. An Ifop estimate put Macron at 23.8 and Le Pen at 21.6 percent.

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